The history of the Love Island phones

Love Island is quickly becoming a big part of the British summertime. For six or seven weeks everyone pays attention to the comings and goings of one villa in Mallorca. As well as being iconic for drama, Casa Amor and its water bottle, Love Island is well known for its phrases. “Can I pull you for a chat?”, “They’re my type on paper” and the most famous of all “I’ve got a text!”. We take a closer look at the devices behind all the drama, the Love Island phones.

2017 and the HTC

Love Island was well in the swing of things by the time the third season came around. Regarded as one of the best seasons of the show with iconic moments like Chris and Kem’s bromance, Mike and Sam’s return, Jonny and Theo’s arguments and Camila stealing everyone’s hearts the HTC U Play was at the centre of it all. It may have been the last season for the HTC phones in Love Island, however, it was the season that introduced us to Casa Amor. 

2018 and the Samsung 8+

This was the first year where Samsung took over as one of the official Love Island sponsors as they provided all the islanders with their phones. The Samsung S8+ was there throughout all this year’s drama. Whether that was the explosive reaction after Casa Amor, the word loyal or Meg and Adam just causing chaos. The biggest takeaway from this season was the viewing figures, which at times reached 5 million (only topped by the World Cup during the summer and it was the biggest hit amongst 16-34-year-olds) the show was (and still is) being described as an advertising goldmine. Maybe this is why brands such as Superdrug paid over £2 million to sponsor the series. 

2019 the Samsung S10+ The winter one

The Samsung S10+ was part of two series. First up was 2019, perhaps one of the most memorable series to date. The iconic ‘morning tea’ line from Curtis, Maura being the ultimate bombshell, Michael saying childish and Ovie reinventing “I’ve got a text” by shouting 'message' every time someone’s phone went off. ITV also used the S10+ for the first-ever winter version of Love Island as the show shipped everyone off to South Africa in early 2020. Lewis Capaldi’s ex-Paige Turely and Finley Tapp were crowned the winners.

2021 and the Samsung A52 5G

After a forced break due to Covid, Love Island finally returned in 2021. As well as a brand-new bunch of Islanders there was also a brand-new phone. The Samsung A52 5G (Samsung’s newest range at the time in their affordable phone line) was right in the mix of the drama of which there were plenty!

2022 and the Google Pixel 6

Back on our TV's and with ZERO Covid restrictions, the Love Islanders are back and they are using new handsets, namely the Google Pixel 6 which sports the Google Tensor, an all new camera, for the Islanders to capture those special moments and the highest rated security, ensuring what goes on in the villa, stays in the villa :-)

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We have a choice of cover so that you can find the level of insurance that meets your needs. Our Essential level of cover looks after you in the UK or abroad for breakdown, loss, theft, fraudulent use and accidental damage (yes, that includes cracked screens and dropping your mobile/gadget down the toilet). In addition, we have other levels of cover that insure you against unauthorised calls and includes mobile/gadget accessories cover, extended cover abroad (365 days a year) and liquid damage. 

While you’ve probably got a 12 months manufacturer’s warranty this only covers you for mechanical breakdown. Our gadget and mobile phone insurance includes cover for cracked screens, liquid damage, accidental damage, loss and theft. Once your 12-month warranty is up, we cover mechanical breakdown too!

Your gadget or mobile phone might be covered under your home insurance but the cover is unlikely to cover all of your needs and could leave you without a mobile phone or gadget for a considerable amount of time (home insurance claims can take a while to resolve). 

Home insurance isn’t designed with your mobile or gadget in mind, so is unlikely to cover you for fraudulent use or unauthorised calls. Furthermore, if you claim on your home insurance, the excess you may be required to pay could be higher than the cost of having a separate gadget or mobile phone insurance. Naturally, your contents insurance premium may then increase when your policy comes to renewal, due to the claim you made.

Please make sure you view the benefits and cover of each gadget or mobile phone insurance policy before you make a decision. If you’re not sure, give us a call and we’ll help explain our cover options further.

Next Generation Insurance (NextGen) is an insurance intermediary (broker) and not an insurance company. We sell and administer gadget and mobile phone insurance products on behalf of insurance companies.

We only work with A-Rated Insurers, which means that you are insured with reputable companies. The underwriters that we work with are Axa Insurance (Premium & Ultimate products) and Zenith (Essential product).

You can pay for your policy annually or monthly on our Premium & Ultimate products and annually only on our Essential cover. For monthly payable policies we set up a subscription for the monthly instalments and the premium will be taken from the bank card you use to purchase your insurance and pay your first premium. 

If you have a preferred day on which you would like payment to be taken be sure to start your policy from that day of the month. We are not able to change payment collection days once the policy is active because the payment date directly aligns with the policy cover period.

To make changes to your personal details, including your payment details, head over to the NextGen Customer Area. You don’t need a password to log in, just enter your mobile number or email address and we will send you a 6-digit pin. 

If you want to change your gadget or mobile phone, please email the details of the new gadget to and we will consider the request and calculate any change in premium and get right back to you. 

Unfortunately, we’re unable to process change of payment collection date requests. 

Yes, your gadget or mobile phone must be have been purchased in the UK. You can insure gadgets or mobiles that you have purchased from network providers, direct from manufacturers or a high street store.

If you purchase your gadget or mobile as a refurbished device, it must have at least a 12-month warranty.

Our Essential policy only insures refurbished gadgets that are purchased directly from network providers or manufacturers. This clause does not apply to our Premium & Ultimate products.

We offer cover for a large range of gadgets including, but not limited to smartphones, laptops, Macbooks, tablets and smartwatches. We’re always adding new gadgets to our list, if you can’t find your gadget, get in touch on

We can insure the gadget or mobile phone that belongs to you or your immediate family, as long as they live at the same address as you. By ‘immediate family’ we mean your Mother, Father, Son, Daughter and spouse. 

You need to make sure your gadget or mobile is safe and secure at all times. If you leave it unattended it should be locked up, out of sight or left with someone you trust. Failure to be sure that your gadget is safe could mean your claim is declined.

If you knowingly leave your gadget where others can see it and you can’t, and your gadget is then lost or stolen, we may not pay your claim. 

We will always take into account the individual circumstances, however, we’d expect you to take good care of your gadget at all times. 

Gadgets are worth a lot of money and as such, we’d expect appropriate precautions to be taken to protect them at all times. For example, if you were sat in a coffee shop and needed to nip to order another drink or to the toilet, you couldn’t reasonably expect to leave your gadget on a table, unattended and for it to still be there when you return. Just think of your gadget as a bundle of cash, we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t leave that unattended either. 

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